What is a cottagecore aesthetic? For those of you who are not aware, Cottagecore is a popular internet fashion aesthetic that embraces the charm of the English countryside and taps into the natural beauty of pastoral life.
Think ruffled peasant dresses, hair scarves, and picnic baskets. A person who enjoys a simple life and is in harmony with nature. Sometimes also known as farmcore or countrycore it’s not exactly a new trend. However, it has majorly risen in popularity over the last few years in part due to the pandemic. With so many people stuck at home, it became a way to escape from current realities and romanticize a simpler time in history.
These day’s it’s pretty rare to see me wandering through pastures wearing long flowy dresses and I’ve never been one to get too excited for trends. I do have to say I have a soft spot for this particular aesthetic though. It brings back a lot of happy childhood memories.
My childhood was spent growing up in the country. My mom sewed all my clothes, mostly dresses with lots of eyelets, lace, and ruffles until I was in my early teens. I milked cows in the morning and made daisy chains in the afternoon. In all honesty, I hated milking cows and I was terrible at making any kind of flower chains, but I loved my dresses. Even though I was always in a dress or skirt, I was definitely a tomboy. Always climbing fences, rocks, and trees. Always riding a bike, a horse, or a cow. What? Who does that?! Absolutely always covered in dirt and never, ever backing down from a fight. I just did it all in my pretty dresses much to my mother’s dismay.
Today’s cottagecore trend is all about being feminine and easygoing. Needless to say, those are two things I definitely failed at while I was younger. Luckily both are slightly more manageable for me now.
I thought I’d share with you what I love about the cottagecore trend the most. The dresses! As well as a few tips on how you can also take create this style. So! If you’re looking to take part in this cottagecore trend here are a few places to start.
Look for cotton dresses with tiny floral patterns, ginghams, and plaid. Stick to shades of cream, whites, and soft pastels. In addition to dress styles with tiered skirts, puff sleeves, and Peter Pan colors.
A few of my favorite dress brands are
Wear your hair loose and flowing, or in braids. Either a single braid, milkmaid braids, or something more elaborate. You can put small flowers in your hair or tie long ribbons into it. As well as cover it with a pretty headscarf or handkerchief. I’ve linked some pretty ones here and here.
Think of what a lovely farm girl with too much free time would probably have. Usually a large straw hat. A picnic basket and blanket. Some fresh fruit or loaf of bread or a fresh bouquet of flowers. You can never have too many flowers! And a book and some vintage floral china.
Picnics are always my thing, so this was a fun day! Hope you enjoyed the post, as always let me know in the comments below!